LIVONIA, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University baseball team fell in the 2019 WHAC Tournament to conclude their historic season which saw the Blue Devils win a program record 33 wins and earn third place in the conference – best finish since the inception of the program.
The Blue Devils (33-17) fell to the sixth seed Cornerstone (Mich.) University Golden Eagles 3-2 in game one of the Livonia Pod and was forced to play the following game against second seed and top seed in the pod, Madonna (Mich.) University. The Crusaders beat the Blue Devils 8-1 to end the Lawrence Tech season.
Matt Blunk, second team all-conference selection, got the start in game one and was dealing through five innings, giving up two hits and walk while to hold on to the 2-0 lead. However, the Crusaders needed just one hit to take the lead, a three-run homerun by Hurt to put Madonna up 3-2.
The Blue Devils put runs on the board in the fourth and fifth inning as Jackson Walkowiak and Eddie Dopkowski both pushed runs across the plate to give LTU the 2-0 lead in the fifth inning. Blunk exited the game with two outs in the seventh inning after conceding a walk to Burton. Caleb Homan came in and got the Golden Eagles to fly out to end the inning.
The Blue Devils had a pair of runners on base in the eighth inning, but were unable to score as a base running error ended the inning. Lawrence Tech had another chance at tying the game in the ninth inning, with runners on first and second, but a double-play ended the game for the Blue Devils.
In game two, the Blue Devils had two hits through three innings, but it was the Crusaders that got on the board first, scoring six in the top of the fourth. Alek Wietrzykowski got the start on the mound and he eased through the first three innings, but a leadoff single in the fourth inning started a six-run inning for Madonna. Homan came in to relieve Wietrzykowski with one out in the inning gave up two runs, but closed the inning with a pop out and a fielder's choice.
Madonna's Jake Ferguson pitched a complete game gem, giving up just one run on six hits over nine innings. Sean Fannon was the lone Blue Devil to earn an RBI as his single to center scored Sean Marshall in the bottom of the ninth.